Immigrant Rights Clinic

The Immigrant Rights Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law enlists student attorneys as the primary legal representatives for non-citizen clients in immigration matters. The IRC has the dual goal of helping student attorneys develop the skills, values, and knowledge necessary to succeed in the practice of law, and to provide much needed legal services to the underserved immigrant population in south and central Virginia. IRC student attorneys currently provide legal services to persons in removal proceedings, both detained and non-detained, and with a particular focus on vulnerable populations such as refugees, unaccompanied minors, and victims of domestic violence.

The IRC currently collaborates with the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition in its outreach efforts at the Farmville Detention Center in Farmville, VA. The IRC also takes referrals through CAIR, and IRC student attorneys provide pro bono legal services to persons detained in Farmville and in removal proceedings. The IRC is open to similar collaborations with organizations and agencies promoting the rights of immigrants in Virginia.

In addition to partnerships with referral organizations and agencies, the IRC considers requests for individual representation twice a year during the months of August-September and November-December. The IRC can be reached by telephone at (540) 458-8334. Anyone contacting the IRC should leave detailed information about how we can contact you and your request for assistance.